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Published February 01, 2010, 02:25 PM

Devils Lake Expected To Rise To Record Level, Buyouts Continue

After reaching a record elevation of 1450.72 feet last summer, the National Weather Service says it's likely to rise another 2 feet this year. This means more trouble for roads, farmers, and homeowners.

By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ

After reaching a record elevation of 1450.72 feet last summer, the National Weather Service says it's likely to rise another 2 feet this year. This means more trouble for roads, farmers, and homeowners.

Last year Devils Lake rose more than 3 and a half feet. That made roads impassible and houses unlivable. When all the snow melts this spring, it will rise again. It's a cause for concern for John Nord, not only as the manager of Devils Lake Regional Airport, but as a homeowner.

John Nord/Home Bought Out: "Last summer with the lake at the height it was, I was running three sump pumps just to keep my basement kind of dry."

And it's not over. After living in his home for about seven years Nord is being forced to move. He'll have to leave a neighborhood he likes with easy access to fishing on the lake...a lake that has made it impossible for him and some of his neighbors to stay there.

John Nord: "One guy's talking about tearing his house down. Another one or two are going to try to sell theirs like I am."

Tim Heisler/Ramsey County Emergency Manager: "With a two foot rise we're going to get into record levels and we're going to see more shoreline homes being moved or shoreline subdivisions being destroyed."

Heisler says that Devils Lake has already swallowed up more than 20 subdivisions and that any on Devils Lake's shores are in danger.

John Nord: "When we'd have a huge rain storm my whole corner of my property here would be flooded."

Nord says he hopes to sell his house to someone who will move it before the water reaches that level this spring.

The National Weather Service says there is a 90 percent chance that the lake will rise to a level of 1451.4 feet this year, and a 60 percent chance it will reach 1452.

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